ACM Awards 2021: Miranda Lambert Fills In For Morgane Stapleton During Chris Stapleton ACMs Performance

by Jacklyn Krol

Miranda Lambert filled in for Morgane Stapleton during Chris Stapleton’s ACM Awards performance.

The 2021 ACM Awards took place on Sunday (April 18). Just mere moments before they were scheduled to perform, Morgane had to miss the show.

“Due to her prior doula commitment, Morgane Stapleton is unable to join Chris Stapleton at the Bluebird as scheduled,” ACM told People. “Miranda Lambert will instead take the Bluebird stage with Chris tonight for ‘Maggie’s Song.'”

Miranda Lambert performed alongside Chris Stapleton at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. The duo performed a stripped-back acoustic rendition of “Maggie’s Song.” Chris co-wrote the song about their rescued lab-terrier mix who passed away. The song was featured on his record, Starting Over. On the record, Morgane sang backing vocals.

Maggie’s Song Inspiration

Chris revealed to the Los Angeles Times that he and his wife discovered their former fuzzy black pup abandoned at a PetSmart parking lot. In real life, Maggie died in 2019 at the age of 14.

“It’s all true stuff,” he said of the lyrics. “There’s no embellishment in it.” He later admitted that the song was one of the hardest for him to sing. He added, “I kept crying through a lot of it.”

Miranda Lambert Owns The ACM Awards

Firstly, Miranda Lambert will have a busy evening as she will be performing three times. Lambert kicked off the show with Elle King. The pair performed their duet “(Drunk And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” Less than an hour later, Lambert met Chris at the Bluebird Cafe for their performance.

Later in the evening, Lambert will perform with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. The trio will perform on one of their releases from The Marfa Tapes.

Finally, the 2021 ACM Awards were hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton and will be available to stream on Paramount+.